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Plant Information

Common Name: COMFREY
Scientific Name: Symphytum officinalis
Alternative Names: Smeerwortel (Afr.)

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Symphytum officinalis
Symphytum officinalis
Symphytum officinalis


  • Perennial
  • Sun / semi-shade.
  • Grow also in moist shady places

Culinary Uses

  • Cook young leaves as a vegetable
  • Add sparingly to salad (sparingly)

Parts Used

  • Leaves and flowers

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Leaves and tops - externally - sprains, arthritic joints and injuries
  • Treats wounds, abrasions rheumatism, muscular complaints, bruises and sprained or twisted joints
  • Cream: Use for nappy rash, ulcers, osteoarthritis, muscle damage
  • Syrup: For dry coughs, stubborn thick phlegm
  • Root: varicose ulcers, stubborn wounds

Other Uses

  • Excellent for garden compost
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